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Two time British title challenger up next for Jono Carroll

Jono Carroll [18(4)-1(0)-1] will keep busy this summer in a fight with a two time British title challenger.

Irish-boxing.com has been lead to believe ‘King Kong’ will take on Maxi Hughes [20(4) -5(2)-1] at some point over the next two months.

When and where the clash will play out remains to be seen, but it could find on a home on either a #MTKFightNight or Frank Warren’s BT Studio’s Summer Series.

Hughes is a solid enough fight for the recent world title challenger when you take the pandemic into account.

No doubt the southpaw would have hoped to build on his dominant destruction of former world champion Scott Quigg with an upgraded opponent.

Indeed, he would have been looking for a clash that would enable him to take a significant step toward a second world tilt.

The current climate and behind closed doors nature of shows hampered those plans – and Hughes is certainly in the next best thing bracket.

The Yorkshire southpaw has lost five times in his 27 fight career, but the all those defeats have come in title fights and against known names.

Former Anthony Cacace and James Tennyson foe Martin J Ward has two wins and a draw against ‘Maximus’, Sam Bowen, who Cacace beat to become British champ, also defeated him, as did Golden Contract finalist and Tyrone McCullagh defeater Liam Walsh and Scott Cardle earlier in his career.

The 30-year-old will be most remembered by Irish fight fans for defeating James Fryers in the Europa Hotel back in 2016.

Hughes’ name will also be familiar from being confirmed as a Gary Cully opponent earlier this year.

The soon to be confirmed Jono Carroll opponent was meant to step up to lightweight and provide step up opposition for the Irish champion on a #MTKFightNight in April.

With Carroll recently confirming he was no longer aligned to Matchroom and a regular test for Frank Warren fighters being slated to fight him next, some may surmise the Dubliner is looking toward the English promoters crop of super featherweights as a pathway to a world title.

Warren has the likes of WBO#3 Archie Sharp, British champ Cacace and former champ Bowen, all ranked fighters and appealing fights.

The entertainer has recently called out Carl Frampton and has been called out by John Joe Nevin, but Irish-Boxing.com understands it’s Hughes next.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com